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Both Sides of the Fence

A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!

What happened to the people's voice?

Politics, Wauwatosa

 I could have sworn that I saw a deadline for submitting people's letters to the NOW editor in support of presidential candidates. So I was surprised when I opened the lovely hard copy of Wauwatosa NOW this morning and saw none. No carefully thought out, reasoned arguments. No wacky contentions. No voices we've heard for years and voices that surprise us. I miss that.

There's a charming article, The PEOPLE'S choice, about elections for school president at the Wilson Elementary School. Zach Miller won and promptly named Cory Schultz vice president. Now that's a system a person can get behind!

 A community newspaper should concentrate on community issues: no one else does it as well. But there are times when national issues are local issues, when they are foremost in the minds of our neighbors. Besides a sample ballot and poll place information, the only nods to the great event of a national election in today's Wauwatosa NOW are a two-page paid ad for Obama and a nicely edited version of my last, uncharacteristically nonpartisan, blog. For that, thanks!

I want to know what you think, and I'd like to invite you to use the comments section here to give your one best reason for voting for the candidate of your choice. Keep it under 100 words (that's about the length of the first two paragraphs here) and please, no attacks. I don't normally censor comments but I'll be the Queen of Hearts about statements that lack civility: off with their heads!

Vox populi time!

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